Information Skills Workshops

Information Skills Workshops (Semester 1, 2021-2022)

The Library organizes information skills workshops covering a variety of topics to help users to explore the use of different types of resources and sharpen information skills for academic purposes. All students and staff are welcome to attend the following workshops. Students will earn ECA Hours / iGPS unit upon completion of each of the workshop.


I. Essential Information Skills Series  – Workshops of this series introduce different information sources and Library services to participants. Attendees of workshops will be facilitated to learn basic information search concepts, make effective use of the Library catalogue (SearchPlus), as well as a number of multidisciplinary resources.

*This series is designed for users who are new to the use of information for academic purposes.

II. Topic-Focused Series – Workshop participants will have opportunities to build up information searching and management skills through the sessions to make use of a variety of resources under specific focused themes.

*This series is designed for users who wish to find useful resources of differnt topics, available from a variety of search platforms for information exploration.

III. Citation and Data Management Series – Workshops of this series introduce RefWorks, a citation management tool, and tools for data collection and visualizing.

* This series is designed for users who need to make use of citation and data management tools in their work or studies.

Apart from the topics covered below, faculty staff are welcome to request a subject-specific workshop covering different themes to help students build required information skills pertaining to the expectation of programmes and courses.



I. Essential Information Skills Series

Title Date Time Description
Library Resources for New Students 16 Sep 2021 11 am – 12 pm The Library has books, magazines, online learning tools, e-newspapers and many resources useful for your study and research. In this workshop, students will learn new important concepts like ‘database’ ‘journal’, ‘Peer-review’ etc. Knowledge acquired in this workshop will help to lay a good foundation for developing effective information searching strategies in various academic activities.
17 Sep 2021 11 am -12 pm
Essential Information Skills for Assignment Success 20 Sep 2021 11 am -12 pm Through demonstrations and activities in this workshop, students will be facilitated to build up essential skills in using SearchPlus, the use of subject related databases, and features of Google Scholar. Skills acquired will enable students to discover a variety of quality resources for use in their assignment topics.
21 Sep 2021 11 am -12 pm
Making Effective Use of Library Online Resources 24 Sep 2021 11 am -12 pm In this workshop, several multidisciplinary databases, information evaluation skills, as well as a citation management tool RefWorks will be introduced. Participants will learn ways to make effective use of information resources on different search platforms and identify credible resources for their studies.
27 Sep 2021 11 am -12 pm


II. Topic-Focused Series

Title Date Time Description
Exploring Library Resources for Market Research 28 Sep 2021 3 – 4 pm This workshop will provide participants with an overview of marketing resources available in the Library. Resources introduced in the workshop can help participants to identify information for exploring topics on business environment, consumer profiles and market trends etc.
Finding Business Information I 29 Sep 2021 11 am – 12 pm This workshop focuses on equipping participants with skills to locate company information as well as profile and industry trends in 3 main library databases: Business Source Ultimate, Business Insights: Global, Nexis Uni. Participants will learn how to find business information related to various business research topics.
Finding Business Information II 30 Sep 2021 3 – 4 pm In this workshop, participants will be introduced to key business databases including Factiva, Passport, and CSMAR Solution. They will learn how to effectively find business news, statistical data and analyst reports for various business research topics.
Making a Professional Presentation 6 Oct 2021 3 – 4 pm In this workshop, different presentation skills and tools will be introduced. Participants will learn how to plan, design, and deliver effective and impressive presentations for different purposes.
Exploring Online News Resources 13 Oct 2021 3 – 4 pm News could be a useful information source for different types of research. By joining the workshop, participants can acquire skills to find credible news in key news databases and learn ways to identify doubtful sources.
Finding Information Resources for Hong Kong Studies 15 Oct 2021 3 – 4 pm This workshop will introduce participants to the information resources of different facets of Hong Kong. For instance, culture and history, economic situation, legal system; as well as sources for locating useful statistics and data. Participants will learn effective searching techniques to seek a variety of resources within and beyond the Library for preparing projects and assignments that involve the use of Hong Kong information.


III. Citation and Data Management Series

Title Date Time Description
Using RefWorks to Manage Your References 5 Oct 2021 10:30 – 11:30 am

These Tuesday Refworks Workshops, are arranged on every first Tuesday of the month, provide an overview of web-based bibliographic management tool RefWorks. By the end of the sessions, participants will gain conceptual knowledge of referencing, and be able to build up skills for handling citations. They will also learn practical techniques to create in-text citations and generate reference lists effectively in Microsoft Word documents.

Walk-ins are welcome. Seats are limited. First come, first served.

2 Nov 2021 10:30 – 11:30 am
7 Dec 2021 10:30 – 11:30 am
Introduction to Data Collection 8 Oct 2021 3 – 4 pm Instructor of this workshop will explore with participants basic concepts in collecting data from various sources. Participants will learn useful techniques like web scraping to collect quality data and transform them into useful formats for study and research.
Visualizing your Research Data 11 Oct 2021 11 am – 12 pm Data visualization can be a powerful tool to share your research findings with your intended audience. Tips for building effective data visualization will be discussed in this workshop. Participants will learn in this session how to design effective visualizations by using Tableau, e.g., using its features to choose appropriate visual elements that could synchronize with different graph types, etc.



Subject Specific Workshop

The Library welcomes collaboration with faculty members in organizing tailor-made library workshops for different courses.

Learning Support Librarians can design learning materials to help develop students’ information skills to achieve learning outcomes of courses.

Workshop content could include:

– formulating information search strategies

– making effective use of subject-related databases and information sources.

– using citation management tools

– exploring creditable resources for specific project needs under different subject context

For details, please provide course information and topic of interest here. A Learning Support Librarian will contact you to schedule a meeting.

Last update: 9 September 2021